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A Transgendered Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:


Friday the 6th of April
Pot luck supper @ 7pm, Movie @ 8pm

That is one *nutty* hospital
--Jeff Slater (Bill Murray)


USA: 1982 -- Directed by Sydney Pollack
Written by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal & Don McGuire
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, Geena Davis in her film debut

Oh, I know what y'all really want is some gross, caricature of a woman to prove some idiotic point that power makes a woman masculine, or masculine women are ugly. Well shame on you for letting a man do that, or any man that does that. That means you, dear. Miss Marshall. Shame on you, you macho shit head.
--Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels

One of the touchstone movies of the 1980s, Tootsie stars Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who disguises himself as a dowdy, middle-aged woman to get a part on a hit soap opera. The scheme works, but while he/she keeps up the charade, Hoffman's character comes to see life through the eyes of the opposite sex. The script by Larry Gelbart (with Murray Schisgal) is a winner, and director Sydney Pollack brings taut proficiency to the comedy and sensitivity to the relationship nuances that emerge from Hoffman's drag act. Great supporting work from Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, and pre-stardom Geena Davis. But the film finally belongs to Hoffman, who seems to connect with the character at a very deep and abiding level. --Tom Keogh for Amazon.com editorial reviews

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and my spare nurse's uniform.


Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Lange

Nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director: Sydney Pollack, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Dustin Hoffman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Teri Garr, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Song: "It Might Be You", Best Sound

Won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: Dustin Hoffman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture: Jessica Lange

Ranks #? on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Michael Dorsey: Friends?
Sandy: No, we are not friends. I don't take this shit from friends. Only lovers.

Michael Dorsey: I was a stand-up tomato: a juicy, sexy, beefsteak tomato. Nobody does vegetables like me. I did an evening of vegetables off-Broadway. I did the best tomato, the best cucumber... I did an endive salad that knocked the critics on their ass.

George Fields: You are psychotic!
Michael Dorsey: No, I'm not, I'm employed.

More quotes


The bit where Jessica Lange's character reaches behind her and accidentally grabs a corn cob instead of the phone was a genuine mistake in blocking. The director decided to leave it in.

Bill Murray agreed to omit his name from the opening credits to prevent audiences expecting a "Bill Murray" movie along the lines of Meatballs (1979) or Caddyshack (1980). All of Bill Murray's lines were improvised.

While being profiled for "The Directors" series, Sydney Pollack claimed that Dustin Hoffman refused to continue working on the film unless Pollack played his agent. Pollack refused up until Hoffman's agent Michael Ovitz intervened and Pollack reconsidered. He later agreed to play the role. The scenes featuring Hoffman's and Pollack's characters were meant to reflect what happened behind the scenes between the two when they would argue.

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Continuity: When Julie and Dorothy are talking in Julie's kitchen, Julie's trousers change twice.

Revealing mistakes: In the beginning of the movie, when Michael is auditioning for a part in various shows, the speaking voice of the director is exactly the same for each play

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